- The definition of a hoard is a large supply of something that is often hidden or stored for future use.
An example of a hoard is a large collection of gold coins.
- To hoard is defined as to collect or amass large amounts of goods and money which will typically then be stored away and kept in reserve.
An example of hoard is when you collect lots of stuff and fill your house up with it even if you aren't using all of it.
Origin of hoardMiddle English hord from OE, akin to German hort, Gothic huzd from Indo-European an unverified form keus- from base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover, conceal from source hide, Classical Greek skylos, animal's skin
- A supply or store of something held or hidden for future use.
- A collection or supply, as of memories or information, that one keeps to oneself for future use.
verbhoard·ed, hoard·ing, hoards
- To accumulate a hoard of: hoarded his money in a box under the bed.
- To accumulate as much of (something) as one can, as when fearing a shortage.
- To keep hidden or private: “the impulse to hoard the raw material of experience and turn it into art” ( Bernard Cooper )
Origin of hoardMiddle English hord from Old English; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hoards, present participle hoarding, simple past and past participle hoarded)
- To amass, usually for one's personal collection.
Old English hord.